Visitors must share, not fight for waves
IT'S not looking great for waves this weekend - and a few of us were probably getting a bit picky with the run of swell and excellent conditions we had earlier this week.
Once that big south-easterly change kicked in late last weekend the swell was on the rise and peaked probably late Sunday and early Monday with some great waves on both days.
Tannum Sands had some nice little sliders on the high tide early, while all points south went off on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with a few beachbreaks up and down the coast firing into Wednesday.
And while the waves were plentiful so too were surfers, with Sunday and even Monday two of the most crowded days seen at the Agnes Water point.
With all the construction going on in Gladstone it was inevitable, with many surfers from the Gold and Sunny coasts now working up here and hungry for waves.
Just stay calm everybody it's a different vibe up here and it's about sharing waves not competing for them.
Hotting up in Hawaii
THINGS are hotting up in Hawaii, with the Triple Crown of Surfing, perhaps the most prestigious title after the world crown, about to start on the North Shore.
Everybody in surfing will be there, from the dream tour pros to the industry gurus and all the surrounding media hype.
The ASP WCT title will be decided at Pipeline (December 8-20), with Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning the three in contention.
The Reef Pro at Haleiwa is the first leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the World Cup at Sunset and then the Pipe Masters.
It is interesting neither Fanning nor Parkinson is in the Reef Pro, concentrating on the world title, while Slater is there - an event he does not always contest.
Both Parko and Slater have won the Triple Crown, but Parko has not won the Pipe Masters - yet.
Slater has done it on a number of occasions - six - while Parko came close last year, eventually losing to sentimental favourite Kieren Perrow in the final.